The Central Regional Communications Bureau of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has vehemently denounced the appalling attack on Ohene Kwame David, a prominent Cape FM 93.3 Broadcast Journalist, within the precincts of the Central Regional Coordination Council. The incident occurred amidst the New Patriotic Party’s ongoing vetting process for Parliamentary Candidates.
According to a statement released by the Communications Bureau, Ohene Kwame David was accosted by supporters of Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East Constituency. Allegedly, the assailants confronted him with a photograph of his biological brother, accusing him of publishing unfavorable stories about their political candidate.
In a harrowing turn of events, before Ohene Kwame David could clarify that he was not involved in the reported stories, he was violently attacked. Witnesses reported that he was physically assaulted and subjected to a barrage of slaps to his face by followers of the Member of Parliament.
Expressing profound dismay, the NDC Central Region Communications Bureau strongly condemned this reprehensible act of violence perpetrated against a member of the press. They openly rebuked the New Patriotic Party and cautioned against such unjustifiable behavior towards journalists, emphasizing the inherent violation of free speech and democratic norms.
“The attack on Ohene Kwame David is an intolerable infringement on press freedom and democratic practices,” the statement read, highlighting the need for respect and protection of journalists’ rights to report without fear of reprisal.
The NDC Central Region Communications Bureau has called upon the Ghana Police Service to swiftly launch a comprehensive investigation into the incident. They urged for the perpetrators of this heinous act to be apprehended and brought to justice, emphasizing the imperative of upholding the rule of law.
The statement concluded by reiterating the commitment of the NDC to safeguarding the freedom and safety of journalists in the region, affirming that such unwarranted attacks will not be tolerated and demanding that necessary measures be taken to ensure the protection of the press in the country.